Banjo Tailpiece

Banjo tailpiece installation?

So I'm about to buy this antique tenor banjo on ebay for pretty cheap. It's cheap because it's missing a tailpiece, bridge, and one tuner. I figured it woulddn't be that hard to install a new tailpiece myself. Is that a somewhat accurate assumption? Can I get a tailpiece at a shop or online and put it on myself with some direction from the internet or something? Or is that really difficult? Also, one tuner is missing, but the gear's still there. It looks like the brackets that held the tuner on are stripped off, so I'm not sure if it'd be possible to attach another. But it looks like the gear could be turned to tune the instrument. I may end up just putting the banjo on my wall, but I wanted to take a shot at making it playable. Any advice or links or anything are appreciated. Thanks!

More so than other stringed instruments, banjos are constructed of bolt-on parts. You shouldn't have any problem installing a new tailpiece or tuners. Stewart MacDonald has everything you need: http://www.stewmac.com/

Before doing any alterations, you might want to ask about your banjo at the Banjo Hangout forum: http://www.banjohangout.org/ These guys know their stuff and can tell you what parts would be "period appropriate" for your antique instrument. They can also give you any guidance you need on how to install the parts.

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